Adrián Domínguez

Europe's Depopulated
Location: Madrid, Spain
Nationality: Spanish
Biography: Adrián Domínguez  has a long career on editorial photography, for two decades, he has portrayed a large variety of personalities and tackled reports on contemporary issues for international publishers such as Condé Nast... read on
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Europe's Depopulated
The European Union considers uninhabited a territory when it has less than eight inhabitants per square kilometer, a widespread matter in Spanish inlands and mountainous areas, below three people per square kilometer. It's a demographic desert which can be considered biologically dead; since the 60s, full generations abandoned villages, there was no policy of balance, there was a breakdown of the rural world that has not been recovered yet.

<<Iberian Peninsula hosts the most sparsely populated region in EU, 
many abandoned villages with only one guest>>

The Celtiberian mountain range is the most disjointed territory of the EU (lower density than Lapland or Siberia); it is a mountain area, sparsely populated, rural and remote. The rural exodus began in the late 50s by a development policy promoted by Franco with booming cities and a little modernized and poor countryside. So, the cause of depopulation was not natural, was political; highlighting the city and forgetting the villages. Now, rural world face an endemic problem, while there is no generational change, the aging population simply dies. The lack of social services are the major causes of migration. Rural organisations are aware of the lobbying power of other sectors and they believe that pressure at international level may have impact on what national and regional governments do ... 



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